News from Congressman Barr

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SIXTH DISTRICT NEWS

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Congressman Barr was one of several Kentucky lawmakers interviewed by KET in D.C. last month.

Dear Friend,

It is important to me that my constituents hear about the work I do in Washington and in Kentucky as their representative in Congress, and I enjoy using this newsletter as one platform to connect with constituents in the Sixth District. I also enjoy other opportunities to talk about the work we do, including a recent interview I did in Washington with Renee Shaw from Kentucky Educational Television (KET). I appreciate KET coming to Washington to talk with me and my colleagues about the work we do for Kentucky and for our country. Renee and I discussed key legislative issues during this interview, including immigration, job growth, and education. You can find the full interview here.

BLUE GRASS ARMY DEPOT

Established as an ammunition storage depot in 1941, the Blue Grass Army Depot in Richmond is one of two remaining Army instillations in the country that stores and destroys chemical weapons. The safe destruction of thousands of chemical weapons began at the Blue Grass Army Depot earlier this month, ensuring America’s commitment to the Chemical Weapons Convention. I was proud to commemorate this important milestone on the House floor, applauding the employees of the Bluegrass Army Depot and thanking the Madison County community for their work beginning the safe destruction of thousands of chemical weapons. You can watch my floor speech here.

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Main gate of the Blue Grass Army Depot in Richmond.

BANKING SYSTEMS NEED UPDATING AS HEMP INDUSTRY BOOMS

Last year, Kentucky’s congressional delegation successfully led an effort to include hemp legalization in the reauthorized Farm Bill, also known as the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018. That legislation, which was signed into law on December 20, 2018, successfully defined industrial hemp as low-THC cannabis and removed it from the Controlled Substance Act. Since the Farm Bill went into effect, the hemp industry in the Sixth District has taken off. I recently wrote a column describing the urgent need for change in the banking industry when it comes to industrial hemp, and my introduction of the Industrial Hemp Banking Act. You can read the column here.

JACK PATTIE SHOW GUEST APPEARANCE

On July 2, I joined Jack Pattie for an interview on NewsTalk 590 WVLK to discuss a variety of local and national issues, such as healthcare, immigration, Iran, North Korea, and the opioid epidemic. You can listen to the full interview here.

MOUNT STERLING FARMERS MARKET RIBBON CUTTING

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to take part in a ribbon cutting for the new Mt. Sterling Farmers Market, which was made possible by a $100,000 rural development grant that I was pleased to support.This is an exciting project for Montgomery County, and I enjoyed being part of this celebration.

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Congressman Barr attended the ribbon cutting for the new Mt. Sterling Farmers Market on June 22.

MOBILE OFFICE HOURS

To better serve the people of central and eastern Kentucky, my staff conducts regular traveling office hours in every county of the Sixth Congressional District. These office hours are not town hall meetings, but rather are a resource to help constituents who are in need of assistance and want to speak to a staff member in person.

Click here for a complete schedule of all upcoming dates and times for mobile office hours.

Please continue to let me know your thoughts and concerns about issues facing our community, and I hope you will forward my weekly newsletter to your friends, family and neighbors.
You may also visit my website, Facebook and Twitter, where you can find regular updates about my work at home in the Sixth District and in Washington.


Sincerely,

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Congressman Andy Barr

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